From the Missouri Conservationist Magazine
October 2011 Issue

I Am Conservation

i am conservation 10-2011Cici Tompkins and her brother Charles Tompkins, both of St. Louis, hunt mushrooms at Meramec State Park. The pair has been hunting for two years and Cici searches for a variety of edible mushrooms including morels, chanterelles, chickens, hens and lobsters. ”I like cooking. That is my main motivator; edible things. Although it’s still fun to find a variety and try to identify them even if they aren’t edible.” She has created recipes for chanterelle and garlic pizza as well as chanterelle lasagna. ”They have much more flavor than store-bought, and you have the enjoyment of finding your own food. It’s a very accessible pastime and anyone can do it.”

—Photo by David Stonner

Also in this issue

Deer camp kids

The Deer Camp Kids

An annual hunting trip for hearing-impaired youths introduces more families to outdoor adventure.

Peck Ranch

Fall Fun and Foliage

Cooler weather, great scenery and an array of nature center activities call for family outings.

Maple Seeds

Eat Your Weedies

Wild edibles and the legacy of Frances Mathews.

Photo of a White Tailed Buck.

The Key to Successful Deer Management

Antlerless permits empower landowners to manage their deer populations.

This Issue's Staff:

Editor In Chief - Ara Clark
Managing Editor - Nichole LeClair Terrill
Art Director - Cliff White
Staff Writer - Bonnie Chasteen
Staff Writer - Jim Low
Photographer - Noppadol Paothong
Photographer - David Stonner
Designer - Stephanie Thurber
Artist - Mark Raithel
Circulation - Laura Scheuler